How does Bob Ewell persist in expressing his hostility over the Tom Robinson trial in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Bob Ewell probably expected his time in the spotlight of the trial to change his life, but he must not have figured that Atticus would humiliate him and his daughter, Mayella, on the witness stand. Bob was obviously not satisfied with the conviction and death of Tom Robinson, because he continued to seek revenge from others involved. First, he tries to lure Atticus into a public fight, spitting in his face, calling him a "nigger-loving bastard," and promising to

... get him if it took the rest of his life.

Later, he blames Atticus when he loses his job with the Works Progress Administration (WPA)--"fired for laziness." Bob then turns his attentions to Tom's widow, Helen: He stalked her and "chunked at her," "crooning foul words" as he followed behind her on the street. He then took aim at Judge Taylor, who discovers his "screen door swinging open" one night when "a shadow on the corner of the house caught his eye." Bob saved his most desperate action for Halloween night, when he attacked Jem and Scout on their way home from the school pageant.

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